Centaurus A is a nearby galaxy — at 13 million light years distant, only a handful of big galaxies are closer to us. And it’s weird: it’s an elliptical galaxy eating a spiral! They’re in the last stages of merging into one bigger and messier galaxy. Dust from the spiral forms a huge ring around the center of the galaxy, with the gas and dust...You simply have to go marvel at the hauntingly beautiful violent image, read how the astronomers made the image, and what we can learn from it! And in the process, get a little bit more of the cosmic perspective too!
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